Ephesians 2:8-9 (NET) For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

Certain hardened criminals sentenced to death were given a royal pardon, but in order for them to receive it, they had to show their respective parole officers signs of a changed heart and mind. Some of them heard about the pardon and were so repentant and grateful, and they received their pardon and were set free to live new lives.

Some of the criminals believed the news that the king had pardoned them, while some others didn’t hear the news because those who first enjoyed the pardon were too self-centered to remember to inform everyone about the pardon. Some others heard the news but refused to accept it because they were not willing to change their ways. They remained condemned prisoners.

This is how our salvation is. We have received a pardon from God for our sins because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. It is only those who hear this good news and accept it that can receive the pardon. They are those who repent of their sins and are given the opportunity to a new life in Christ Jesus.

Because of sin, everyone born into this world was condemned and going to perish. But there is a pardon for those who believe in the gospel(good news) and accept it. They repent of their sins and become good kingdom citizens.

We can see that our salvation is not because of our works but because of the goodness and grace of God. We can also see that believing in the good news and repenting is the way to receive the gospel. Being a model citizen is not payment for our salvation, it is a reasonable response to it.

Go into today thanking the Lord for the salvation of your soul.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you do your best in spreading the good news of salvation to those who haven’t heard and believed.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Yearly Bible Plan: Psalms 69-71

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